WinTech Events

Build a Robot, Vancouver

WinTech World joins Vancouver Startup Week with Build a Robot

startup-vancouver

By Chetna Kokal

As part of the Vancouver Startup Week, Women In Tech World hosted the Build A Bot event at Mobify on Sept. 27. The evening started with pizza then a brief introduction to Women in Tech World and the Driving Wintech initiative. Next came an introduction of the robot kit and components, followed by the rules for the Battle of the Bots.

Eight teams of five spent an hour working on the robot builds using the EV3 controller from the Lego Mindstorms Set. The teams huddled in strategic planning before they began, since building a bot is serious business! Each team applied their strategies so they could be the winner. Apparently, the key factor to maintain balance is to ensure the centre of gravity is, well, in the centre and as close to the ground as possible. Most teams got this right from the get go.

A few key bot features were:

  • a 360-degree shield to protect its key parts and wheels
  • a unique frame-based axle for rear wheels, allowing for better maneuverability and stability of the bot
  • pincers to allow the bot to pick up a glass and put it down
  • Wall-E light mounts and flippers to make a pretty bot

The build was followed by Battle of the Bots, in three rounds. And our winner was (drum-roll) The Bat Bot! Check our twitter to see it in action.

WinTech Events

Build a Robot, Vancouver

WinTech World joins Vancouver Startup Week with Build a Robot

startup-vancouver

By Chetna Kokal

As part of the Vancouver Startup Week, Women In Tech World hosted the Build A Bot event at Mobify on Sept. 27. The evening started with pizza then a brief introduction to Women in Tech World and the Driving Wintech initiative. Next came an introduction of the robot kit and components, followed by the rules for the Battle of the Bots.

Eight teams of five spent an hour working on the robot builds using the EV3 controller from the Lego Mindstorms Set. The teams huddled in strategic planning before they began, since building a bot is serious business! Each team applied their strategies so they could be the winner. Apparently, the key factor to maintain balance is to ensure the centre of gravity is, well, in the centre and as close to the ground as possible. Most teams got this right from the get go.

A few key bot features were:

  • a 360-degree shield to protect its key parts and wheels
  • a unique frame-based axle for rear wheels, allowing for better maneuverability and stability of the bot
  • pincers to allow the bot to pick up a glass and put it down
  • Wall-E light mounts and flippers to make a pretty bot

The build was followed by Battle of the Bots, in three rounds. And our winner was (drum-roll) The Bat Bot! See him here in action.

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.